Category C funding to rebuild local businesses
Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan said Category C disaster has now been declared for Lismore.
“This means much more financial help to get our local businesses and community back on its feet,” Mr Hogan said.
Businesses and not-for-profit organisations can apply for grants of up to $15,000. It is available for businesses in Lismore CBD, North Lismore, South Lismore, Girards Hill and parts of East Lismore.
"This is essential to rebuilding Lismore’s small business community,” Mr Hogan said.
"I think it is really important psychologically for the confidence of our town and, practically it will be a real boost for the local economy.”
Mr Hogan has been working with Lismore City Council and the Lismore Chamber of Commerce and Industry to ensure the application was detailed enough for it to be fast-tracked.
"Our application has been exceptionally thorough and well put together," he said.
"To make these grants happen quickly meant we had to give a good evaluation of the data and what was going on. That is why it has taken a few days.”
State Member for Lismore Thomas George said Category C funding is on top of assistance that has already been announced.
“Small businesses are the life blood of regional communities like Lismore, so it’s vital that we give them a helping hand,” he said.
“We sent in Disaster Assessment Teams as soon as we could and carried out the necessary appraisal to ensure those who have lost so much have the support they need to rebuild their livelihood.”